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Avast Is Going To Stop Selling Your Web Habits

Avast, one of the world’s biggest antivirus and security companies, announced plans to wind up its subsidiary Jumpshot after a privacy furor erupted over the last two months.

With 400 million users, the potential for privacy infringements was great. Data sold to companies like Google, Microsoft, Home Depot and many other companies included information about websites people visited, including porn sites and what specific videos they watched and more.

Source: Avast Is Going To Stop Selling Your Web Habits

Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data

An Avast antivirus subsidiary sells ‘Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.’ Its clients have included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey.

The documents show that the Avast antivirus program installed on a person’s computer collects data, and that its subsidiary Jumpshot repackages it into various different products that are then sold to many of the largest companies in the world.

Some clients paid millions of dollars for products that include a so-called “All Clicks Feed,” which can track user behavior, clicks, and movement across websites in highly precise detail.

Source: Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data – VICE

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